National Topics

Aug 24, 2015

Abe bemoans visit to disputed isles by Medvedev

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticized the visit by Russia’s prime minister to one of the islands disputed by Tokyo and Moscow, but added he “will continue dialogue” with President Vladimir Putin to resolve the issue. “It is extremely regrettable . . . ...

Aug 22, 2015

LDP calls for maximum use of renewable energy

A panel of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party released a report Friday calling on the government to aim to introduce the maximum possible amount of renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power. They are “important low-carbon domestically made energy sources,” the panel said. ...

Abe defends internal documents on security bills

Aug 22, 2015

Abe defends internal documents on security bills

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday defended the Defense Ministry’s compilation of internal documents on national security bills on the premise of their early enactment. During a meeting of a special committee on the legislation in the House of Councilors, the upper chamber of ...

Aug 20, 2015

Japan mulling three-year, ¥1 trillion aid package for Africa

Japan is considering extending around ¥1 trillion in official development assistance to Africa over three years from 2016, a Japanese government source said Thursday. The government would announce the financial aid toward the next round of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), ...